Hospital Medical CenterCenter for Continuing Professional DevelopmentEvette L. Moss, Conference and CME PlannerJune 5, 2013
Introduction The Georgia Virtual Technical College (GVTC) is aconsortium of independent technical colleges working in acollaborative manner to create occupational courses andprograms, using a standardized curriculum delivered overthe Internet and through local centers. Our Mission The mission of the Georgia Virtual Technical College(GVTC) is to provide students with a central point ofreference for programs and support services offeredelectronically through its state system of technical colleges.
MissionThe culture at Hospital Medical Center is innovation, technology, andcustomer satisfaction. The Center for Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment should support this culture.According to Pullen (2013)Over the course of medical education numerous technologies andmethods have been used to deliver continuing medical education(CME) to health care professionals (HCPs). These methods haveincluded postal correspondence, two-way radio conferencing, videoconferencing and in the last decade the Internet (p. 1).
AccreditationThe Center for Continuing Professional Development is accredited byethe Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education andprovides continuing medical education programs in the followinglearning formats as outlined by the American Medical Association,Accreditation Council for Continuing Education.
Accreditation ContinuedLearning Activities Course Regularly Scheduled Series Internet Live Course Internet Activity Manuscript Review Test Item Writing Committee Learning Performance Improvement Learning from Teaching(ACCME, 2013)Learning FormatsAMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™: Live activities Enduring materials Journal-based CME Test item writing Manuscript review (for journals) Performance improvement CME Internet point of careAMA (2013)
PurposeThe purpose of this manual is to assist the colleges indelivering online credit-based programs and courses thatadhere to the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG)program standards, accrediting agencies’ distance learningpolicies and the Georgia Virtual Technical College’s (GVTC)Best Practices for Online Courses.
Quality Assurance Rationale Quality assurance of distance learning courses is essentialon three (3) levels: 1. Institutional Level. To advance and protect thereputation of the educational institution in attractingstudents, qualified faculty members, and collaborativeswith business and industry. 2. Student Level. To assure the student that his/hercredential is recognized by prospective employers and isrelevant in today’s workforce. 3. Faculty Level. To provide training, resources, andtechnical support for the development of new onlinecourses and the maintenance of on-going online courses.
Overview cont.To show that we value our Healthcare Professionals, Hospital MedicalCenter must respond to the demand to implement online, system-wide CME programsCurrently, there are a number of learning formats and activitiesHospital Medicine Center provides for learners. However, online,asynchronous program are not offered regularly.After extensive review and research, the Center for ContinuingProfessional Development proposes full implementation of an onlineCME program. Although there are a number of learning options asdefined by the AMA and ACCME, online options are frequentlyrequested by our learners.
ConstraintsLong hours and busy schedules limit the ability of healthcareprofessionals to attend face to face or live activities. Asynchronousoptions are ideal (Pullen, 2013). Decreased attendance for live programs Patient Care trumps CME program Commuting to/from other locations to Hospital
Accessibility“Internet based technologies permit the widespread distribution ofdigital content to many users simultaneously anytime and anywhere”(Pullen, 2013, p. 1). HCPs may access from home Office practice/site locations Asynchronous collaboration
IntegrationBetter communication throughout the healthcare system Opportunity to share best practices Reduce variation between hospital sites Improve collaboration between similar specialtiesthroughout sites
References Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (2013):http://www.accme.org/ American Medical Association (2013): http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/continuing-medical-education.page Pullen, D. (2013). Doctors online: Learning using an internetbased content management system. International Journal ofEducation and Development using Information andCommunication Technology, 9(1), 50-63. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/1353086409?accountid=35812